The following is a copy of the message I posted to our club Yahoogroup. Here is the website that will be updated in the near future:
The SCRA website will be updated by Martin as soon as possible with new Calendar of Events and Rocket Report. The Calendar of Events will contain launch dates for late 2005 and early 2006 as well as class dates for November 2005 and all of 2006 and Lucerne launch dates for 2006. We still plan to hold the extra launch date already added for Lucerne on Saturday October 29, 2005, we just did not add that to the new Calendar of Events since it will arrive before we print many of them. The Rocket Report still contains the 2005 iHobby show information and now includes the January 2006 AMA Convention info.
As we previously discussed, launches at the Santa Fe Dam will now only occur6 months a year: Oct - Mar. They will usually be the first and third Saturday of those months, unless a conflict exists. THe new agreement spells out in writing exactly what we always understood: the Parks Department can cancel dates if needed with advanced notice (I beleive it said 7 days) and they can offer to reschedule. That's exactly what we are already doing with November, since there is a really large dog show on the first Saturday. We will therefore be launching the second and third Saturday in November.
We've discussed the reasons for the seasonal laucnhes and the early hours (mainly after the Lucerne launches when we have our lunch meetings, but also in e-mails among the many folks who were working on this effort). Here is a summary of those reasons:
- They are very afraid of fire, so they don't want us there during hot summer months.
- They plan to market/promote the park much more than in the past, so they expect the park to fill up on Sundays.
- They want us to use the park during the most empty hours and that would be
- The Ren-Faire will most probably be back and wants even more weekends (and would love to take over the park through Memorial Day, but that will not go over well with the normal park patrons).
Once I get signed copies of the agreement documents, anyone who wants to see them can look them over at "brunch" after a launch. Another positive effect of the Ren Faire is the almost complete destruction of the weeds/brush in the eastern recovery area. We will try to set up closer to the eastern edge of our normal spot and point the launch rods to the southeast. There is a MUCH larger recovery area on that side and virtually no trees (and the small trees are farther away). Please use the lowest power motors possible in each model (or the second lowest if you can still recover it safely). Save the most powerful motors for Lucerne.
SANTA FE DAM LAUNCH TIMES: from 7:00am until 10:00am. Arrive early if you want to launch! DATES: SATURDAYS: 2005: October 15, November 12 & 19, December 3 & 17. 2006: January 7 & 21, February 4 & 18, March 4 & 18.
NOTE: Field will accommodate up to a single G motor. There are trees and a lake down wind from our launch and recovery area, so you should use the lowest power motors possible to recover your model rockets safely.
-Fred Shecter NAR 20117